Monday, January 10, 2011
When I was growing up there were two kinds of dogs, purebred and mutt. That was your choice. Now things are different. There are still mutts and purebreds, but the popular thing to have is a designer dog. A designer dog is a hybrid, two purebreds mixed to make a new breed. What brought this to my attention was the fact that Jake and I want to get a dog, Lee not so much. He has dog allergies. The neighbor has two standard Poodles. Poodles are known to be low shed, smart and allergy friendly. Belle was in the yard and I wanted Lee to take the Poodle test. We went over to Belle and I had Lee rub on her, then sniff his hand. I wanted to see what his reaction to her was. The only down side to standing too close to Belle is she gets excited and usually tries to pee on you. Lee positioned himself in front of her and rubbed away. He didn't react at all. He passed the poodle test. I had a green light. I decided to look into hypoallergenic breeds. This picture is that of a Chinese Crested pure bred. I'm sure that there are tons of people that would love this, but I just can't get into it. I want a dog with fur. Not one that looks like it has some sort of hair disease. Allergies are very prevalent now. People want a cute, low maintenance, smart dog. This is what began the designer dog craze. A Poodle is very smart, and a bit high strung. When you take a poodle and add another dog personality you can get all kinds of things. There are Labradoodles, Schnoodles, Goldendoodles, Snickerdoodles, no wait, that's a cookie. Anyway, the rage of mixing purebreds brings out all kinds of dogs. Take the Beagle. A cute little hunting dog. I've had Beagles and they are great dogs, but they smell. Mix that with a Poodle and you have a Poogle, or a Pug and get a Puggle. My favorite name was the Brat, Boston Terrier and Rat Terrier. The possibilities are endless. The surprising thing is that these designer dogs cost more than the purebreds! Plus you can never be sure which traits a dog will get. If you mixed a Beagle and a Chihuahua, you could get a jumping, yappy, smelly dog that runs in circles. My puppy search will continue. I don't want to get a dog until spring. I am leaning towards a Goldendoodle because they are just so darn cute! Take care!
Posted by Kim